The Afghan armed forces cleared five villages in Balkh district of northern Balkh provinc einflicting casualties on 23 Taliban militants.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Afghan forces cleared Arghandab, Wazirabad, Salarzai, Naghara Kol and Talwa Villages of militants during the operation Shaheen-204.

The statement further added that the Air Forces also supported the security defense forces during the operations.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, the Afghan armed forces killed at least 3 militants and wounded 20 others during the operations while 7 motorcycles of the militants confiscated.

In addition, the Afghan armed force discovered and defused an improvised explosive device which was planted by militants in Salarzai village.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.

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